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I bought a pink hat at Walgreens

Independence Day (July 04, 2008): United States celebrates so many years of Independence. A national holiday of this kind has for years drawn fireworks and nostalgia for a nation with so much to be thankful for. For an individual like me who loves a reason to celebrate anything, this was a perfect excuse beside the fact that my colleague from Puerto Rico was willing to be spontaneous with me. We agreed to an early start for headway on the road and to avoid traffic - not that we found any, but it was great to leave early before the mid morning heat. It was a quarter to six when we left my apartment heading north on Kolb road.

Mari loading the ice box in the trunk
We made a stop at Walgreens on Ina road to get an ice box and some ice for the road, however while in there, Maria decided she needed sandals or flip flops for walking around in the heat. We ended up doing the typical girl thing - bought flip flops, a pink hat for me, candy for Maria, gummy bears for me, an ice box and ice. A stop that was meant to be for only ten minutes ended up being twenty five minutes. Once we left Walgreens, we drove a few blocks down and made another stop to fill up our gas tank for the hour and a half drive to phoenix where we would have breakfast. Maria chose to take the first leg of driving and I would take over when she tired in the afternoon. Phoenix here we come . . . lol!

We never made it to phoenix before stopping to have breakfast.

Maria is a diabetic and has to monitor her sure levels otherwise she gets in trouble (so she told me). Our first stop was at the Carl Jr. where Maria had seen a hug green sign that read ‘GREEN BURRITO’, it turned out to have too many carbs for Maria to consume. Back on the road, we headed to the next stop, which was Casa Grande • The Cracker Barrel took precedence over all the other places we saw, it was Maria’s choice. I was excited to see what they had to offer since I had never eaten at one of them. I was surprised to find out that there are many other Cracker Barrel locations nation wide and I had never heard of them. When all was done, I was thankful for the more traditional breakfast they provided and the table game that they put on the table to entertain us while we waited for our orders. Don’t ask me to tell you what the game is called: I don’t know and I did not ask. Maria on the other hand seemed to have an idea of what it was because she literally gave me guidelines and spelled out the rules of the game, lol! The idea was to move one pin at a time and then cross over the one left across, at the end of the game you should only have one pin standing and you are a genius.
At Cracker Barrle whwere we had breakfast
Two pins and you are darn good, three pins and you are ‘silly’ for luck of a better word. I stopped at three each time, ha-ha! Maria made it to two pins, which was amazing. Soon we were done with breakfast; we paid our bill and confirmed that we are following the right direction on the map we had printed from Google world. Apparently the Google map would have taken us on the path less traveled: the kind gentleman behind the register advised that we follow the interstate 17 N which is the straighter route and then exit to HWY 89 which took us to 64 East. It was the longest stretch with changing landscapes. The color of nature and it's miracles are beyond human comprehension, they speak of God's own nature.

 

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I bought a pink hat at Walgreens
I bought a pink hat at Walgreens
Mari loading the ice box in the tr…
Mari loading the ice box in the t…
At Cracker Barrle whwere we had br…
At Cracker Barrle whwere we had b…
Lunch at Cracker Barrel and me fig…
Lunch at Cracker Barrel and me fi…
I have no idea what the game is ca…
I have no idea what the game is c…
This was the breakfast place
This was the breakfast place
Me and Maria at cracker barrel whe…
Me and Maria at cracker barrel wh…
Our first try at breakfast was her…
Our first try at breakfast was he…
The quick snap shots as Maria sped…
The quick snap shots as Maria spe…
We could not stop for a break here…
We could not stop for a break her…
This was way far in and we did not…
This was way far in and we did no…
Montezumas castle ruins is way to…
Montezuma's castle ruins is way t…
the mountains in the distance
the mountains in the distance
landscape of the navajo reservation
landscape of the navajo reservation
the changing color of land as we d…
the changing color of land as we …
rocks andmore rock on the reservat…
rocks andmore rock on the reserva…
On the Navajo reservation with a N…
On the Navajo reservation with a …
Isnt Sara sucha  beautiful woman?…
Isn't Sara sucha beautiful woman…
Navajo roadside jewelery market
Navajo roadside jewelery market
A quick gas stop off of HWY64 East
A quick gas stop off of HWY64 East
At a small country market
At a small country market
Navajo roadside market
Navajo roadside market
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